Gnocchi di RicottaPosted: March 30, 2009
I love gnocchi. But have never found a recipe that is quite like what you find at good Italian restaurants. So, when I stumbled upon this recipe on the Italian Chef Recipe Site, it sounded great and I decided I would give gnocchi making another shot! I found this recipe to come together easily and have great deep flavor and just what you get in good Italian Restaurants. Great cheese flavor, great “pillows” of goodness and a great marinara sauce! (I used Classico Cabernet Marinara. Normally I would make mine own, but I wanted to focus on the gnocchi instead.)
3 1/4 cups of flour
1.5 pound of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plus extra for sprinkling
pinch of salt & pepper
1 teaspoon of olive oil
4 cups marinara sauce
Place 3 cups of the flour in a large bowl. Lightly beat the eggs with a fork then add them to the flour along with the ricotta, 1/2 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper. Mix ingredients together to form a dough.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured working surface and knead lightly for 2 to 3 more minutes, gradually adding remaining flour if the dough sticks to the board or your hands. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks but is still somewhat tacky to the touch and soft.
Divide the dough into four pieces and roll into balls. Using both hands, roll out each ball of dough into a log about the width of your index finger. Cut each log into 1/2 inch pieces.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of olive oil oil and the gnocchi.
Cook uncovered over high heat until the gnocchi rise to the surface of the water, about 2 to 3 minutes. While the gnocchi are cooking heat the marinara in a large saute pan over medium heat.
Remove the gnocchi from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to the saute pan with the marinara sauce.
Toss gnocchi in sauce until coated, then transfer to a casserole dish sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to taste. Bake in oven for 10 minutes and serve.